Today we are going to talk about individualism in the 12th-century. What’s interesting is that as we followed the history of Organic Gnosticism, the early Christians, and the early Church, we discovered that the creation of the soul has been pretty much a function of the literate. It has been the educated people that have been preoccupied with this.
The common illiterate people did not have the higher functioning or reasoning ability to develop the Observer self, the watcher self or what was called the the soul. But they were evolving in their own way and they were evolving from a heart space. If we think of Organic Gnosticism we think of it as developing in an organic way from the physical body and into the heart space. The development of the soul was the development of the heart.
In the 12th-century things began to change, and they began changing with Abelard. Abelard was the first philosopher to dare utter just a little tiny thought.
The idea is not real, abstraction is not reality.
What he was saying was so obvious, but the elites wouldn’t believe! They were so in their heads that they didn’t want to believe what he was pointing out to them. He told them that physical reality was real and what’s in your head is in your head!
That was devastating to all of these head trippers. It had the effect of turning the teachings of the church upside down. If reality was in the mind then reality and truth only belonged to the educated.
But now suddenly because of these thoughts that Abelard dared proclaim, anybody could live in the real world and perceive the real world. It was right in front of them. The educated taught that you had to have faith in the Church and faith would allow you to believe. It would allow you to be certain of truth.
But Abelard had to prove things rationally and understand them. They had to make sense to him. If they made common sense, if they were rational, then he could believe in them. He questioned many of the Church’s core teachings and came up with some unique concepts.
Sin was not in the deed itself, but in the intention. If the sin came out of ignorance or habit he didn’t even really believe it was a sin but rather simply the natural consequences of behaviors.
He said that there were consequences if you acted in an evil way. If you acted in a harmful way there were consequences as well and that’s what was being called sin. But it wasn’t really sin, it was just the natural consequences of actions.
His idea of salvation was that it wasn’t salvation from sin but that salvation was an act of God’s love and God’s grace.
And here’s the kicker. Everyone had to interpret divinity according to their own understanding. It wasn’t enough to take the words of the Church. Each person had to understand God, understand Christ, understand divinity in their own hearts and in their own way. It was an individual thing. With these words the power of the church was broken.
Suddenly the common people had access to these concepts and they talked about sacred things and formed their own conclusions. For the first time Arnold of Brescia, one of Abelard’s gifted students, taught that the Church should return to the way it was with the first Christian congregations. The Church should be purely spiritual as Christ had wanted it to be.
An outcry rang out to get rid of the church. People needed to become free of Rome. Pope Lucius II was killed and his successor, Eugene III, had to flee to escape the wrath of the common people who were rebelling against the lands; and against the temporal power of the Church itself.
The kings of Castile had the entire works of Aristotle translated for the first time. Then the Arabs came with their pantheism of Averroes and the Jews brought the subtlety of the Kabbalah. So all of these new concepts were introduced.
Under the protection of Emperor Frederick II, Arabian doctors for the first time dared to cut open a corpse for scientific purposes. A spirit of skepticism and disbelief seized the common people and the “I” or the sense of self or the ego, which was also called the watcher or the soul was brought to the fore with enthusiasm. Because for the first time the common, uneducated people were able to get it. It was something in the heart. It wasn’t something way up in the head like the church had been teaching. It was something attainable, and this was exciting to them.
The paradox of logic and reason was made obvious to everyone and it’s amazing because that was in the 12th-century. In the 12th-century to be able to prove something logically and at the same time refute it was considered the highest philosophical art. They made it an art to logically prove and then logically disprove things because they understood the trap and the falsity, the paradox of logic and reason.
You could fall into the trap by believing in logic and reason exclusively. Our modern society has been taught to ignore this and we have forgotten this false trap. Our modern society has made the great error of believing in the power of logic and reason.
The people of the 12th-century no longer sought after an external God. God was inside them, was in their hearts and spoke to them within their hearts. God spoke to them through the still small voice of their conscience and spoke to each one of them in an individual way.
So what happened in the 12th-century was a massive breakthrough for the common people and a massive breakdown of the power structure of the elite controllers, the rational atheists and social enforcers. Their authority and control of the common people was being challenged in a massive way.
The common people consisted of survivalists who weren’t really that much interested in anything spiritual. But it also consisted of Organic Gnostics, and these Organic Gnostics were able to get it. As they were getting understanding the true nature of the soul the world was changing big time and it was an exciting time to be alive.
People were talking about these things. People were exploring things and they were daring to think their own thoughts for the first time. This had unheard of consequences later on.
The Organic Gnostics came from the common people. They were the original Gaia inhabitants and they were a little slow because they were only in the beginning stages of evolving their souls.
The social enforcers and the rational atheists came in at a higher and more evolved level. They came in with these mental concepts of the soul and its creation already firmly developed.
But now the game was changing because these ordinary people were catching up!